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Address: R44, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 880 0133
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Blaauwklippen Vineyards, the renowned Stellenbosch wine farm that...

Blaauwklippen Vineyards, the renowned Stellenbosch wine farm that celebrates its 333rd anniversary in 2015, has recently unveiled the transformation of its wine centre into a venue dedicated to sensory ecstasy, featuring a room for enjoying premium spirits, an exciting bistro, as well as revitalised wine and food experiences.

Blaauwklippen - meaning blue stones - was named after the granite present in the surrounding mountains and soils. Its erosion over centuries has ensured mineral rich vineyards that allow for the production of exceptional wines and especially Zinfandel, for which Blaauwklippen is famous. Today, it is a well-known wine tourism destination for families and wine lovers who enjoy a great day out involving wine, food and the not to be missed popular weekly Sunday family market.

The Tasting Room incorporates several features, all geared to provide insight, comfort and pure sensory enjoyment.

In addition to Blaauwklippen's award winning brandies, the Spirits Room features a selection of premium potstill brandies by South African producers, creating the first brandy hub on a wine estate in South Africa all available for tasting and sale, and hosted by specially trained staff. A selection of cigars can be enjoyed on the Oak Terrace outside, along with a brandy tasting. The full range of Gentleman Spirits - a range of artisanal distilled products made by Urs Gmur, master distiller Hubertus Vallendar and Rolf Zeitvogel, will be available too. This is the ideal space to try a Zinfandel Grappa with a delicious espresso.

Blaauwklippen's reputation for fine food is further bolstered in a new wine and food offering. Not to be missed is the Wine & Chocolate Experience where visitors can savour amongst others a delicious coriander whirl paired with the farm's famous White Zinfandel, or a melt-in-the-mouth coffee-and-ginger dark coffee bean paired with noble late harvest Zinfandel. The spirits too get a showing; try the warm spice orange box chocolate paired with a 10-year-old potstill brandy or a hot chilli oval chocolate with Blaauwklippen's well-known Before and After Aperitif. At R80pp, the value is outstanding.

If it's something more substantial you're after, then the new wine & food pairing adventure is for you. For only R150pp, you'll be able to enjoy five sumptuous bite sized nibbles accompanied by five Blaauwklippen wines, meticulously paired to showcase their best flavour and aromatic attributes.

The Bistro is the culinary playground of charcutier Steve Jeffery of Cape Town's famed the charcuterie, who brings his fresh and easy approach to food. He supports the principles of free range, hormone free, pasture-fed and ethically farmed animals cured in the classic timeless fashion. Here you will find the finest ingredients, prepared with passion and served with love - an unparalleled culinary experience.

The Bistro offers a selection of platters available daily and a classical bistro home-cooked style menu in the evenings. While parents enjoy their meal in a tranquil setting, there's a jungle gym for the children to enjoy. Picnics are also on offer.

Adults are further catered for in the Piazza, a beautifully manicured courtyard adjoining the cellar where informal wine tastings will be held. It's also the ideal space for private celebrations and is therefore available for hire.

A sure highlight for oenophiles is Blaauwklippen's vinoteque. This comprises a carefully selected wine archive dating back to 1978. But it's not only for observing - no less than 33 vintages of wine are available for purchase, making this the premier destination for that very special gift. Tastefully decorated, the vinoteque can also be booked for private tastings or intimate get-togethers.

For the nominal fee of R20pp, visitors can visit the Blaauwklippen cellar as part of regular, guided tours every day at 11:00 and 14:00. Booking should be made in advance.

Other interests are still to be catered for at Blaauwklippen. Visitors can shop and buy a wide range of products, from home ware to Riedel glassware and books to gifts. There's a complimentary gift-wrap service too.

If you have a keen interest in art, visit Blaauwklippen's very own artist-in-residence Marius Prinsloo as he creates bright and beautiful paintings before your very eyes. He also ensures a wide selection of works, by various South African artists, are on display in the Tasting Room and available for sale. The farm will also pack purchased artwork for travel.

And, before you head home, be sure to pick up some fine deli cheese, charcuterie and preserves - the ideal accompaniment to any one of Blaauwklippen's superb wines.

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EXPERIENCE THE SPLENDOUR OF A CAPE DUTCH WINE ESTATE

A magnificent wine estate set against the backdrop of the Stellenbosch Mountains. We arrived shortly before 4pm at the Bistro without a reservation. The service was initially... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Windhoek, Namibia
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Brno, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this winery in Sunday market and it was really great-many food/drink stages,very nice place to take rest etc! High recommended!

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Windhoek, Namibia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A magnificent wine estate set against the backdrop of the Stellenbosch Mountains. We arrived shortly before 4pm at the Bistro without a reservation. The service was initially rather disappointing (we waited quite a while before being attended to), but the wait for the food was well worth it. I chose the blackboard quiche (brie and bacon) accompanied by a delicious... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Went there to visit the market. Parking was very easy and lots of stalls selling local goods, foreign goods (including watches and sunglasses from Sweden) and a terrific selection of food to buy and eat. But, perhaps the piece de resistance was the tasting of the local gins and brandies. Didn't believe that you could get such good drinks locally.

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Somerset West, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We have spend many a Sunday at the market. Not only is the food great, but there is also something for sale for every one, from second hand books to clothing and antiques. The grounds offer the perfect place to put your pick-nick blankets and just chill for the day. I can highly recommend the Sunday Market at Blaauwklippen if... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We wanted to taste the Blaauwklippen blending competition BBC33 wine with a wine tasting. We were not disappointed. The tasting room, although big, has a cosy wine feeling. The staff were professional and friendly. Staff member Shephard's knowledge of wine and his demeanor really impressed us. He reacted immediately when we were worried about one of the wines and complimented... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We came to Stellenbosch partly to celebrate a friends birthday. One of the venues contacted in advance was Blaauwklippen who responded really positively. As we wanted to do some thing special we asked if some customised labels could be produced to celebrate the birthday and they pulled the stops out for us. We pre-ordered a case of the specially labelled... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We waited an hour for our food and about 15 minutes between each glass at the wine tasting. I had to ask 3 times for the bread that was supposed to come with my plouhman's platter. The curry my friend had was cold. The staff were surly and rude as was the person purporting to manage the place. If I... More 

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BKV1682, Global Sales & Marketing Consultant at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Dear TripAdvisor Member, Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that your visit to Blaauwklippen was not of the standard that we pride ourselves to. We assure you that this is not the norm. Could you please provide us with your contact details, or contact us at natascha@blaauwklippen.com, so that we may try and resolve this issue... More 

Paarl, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We went last weekend to the Blaauwklippen Chocolate Festival and loved walking around the exhibitors stands and found much more than just chocolate. The standard of South African chocolate seems to have developed to be on a par with European standards. It was really great to see. We bought the cheeses, chorizo sausages, jams and nougat but the main reason... More 

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BKV1682, Global Sales & Marketing Consultant at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Hi Bernice, Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns about the experience with us, the Winelands Chocolate Festival organisation will be advised of your complaint. Blaauwklippen served merely as the venue for the festival, so unfortunately, you were wrongly informed. You are always welcome to contact our Hospitality Manager, Nanette Cloete (nanette@blaauwklippen.com), and although there is little... More 

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We visited with a group of friends and had a wonderful afternoon sitting outside drinking bubbly and eating lunch. The picnic platter, although officially for 1 person, provides plenty of nibbles for two while sipping wine. The kids meals are also generous. I liked the fact that the kids had plenty of room to run and could even interact with... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Called here yesterday, Sunday, and was shocked with the total disregard for disabled parking restrictions. Our friend is confined to a wheelchair and the number of people filling every disabled space (of which there are many) is truly shocking. In the pouring rain I checked every single car parked in there and found NOT ONE blue badge on show -... More 

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BKV1682, Public Relations Manager at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write down your concerns, we appreciate the effort because we hope to learn from you. Sunday 21/08/2013 was the 2nd day of the Winelands Chocolate festival and also our usual market day, unfortunately the weather was not in our favour and it was pouring down hard most of the day. Blaauwklippen has a... More 

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